Files with ark extension can be most often found as special archive files created by the CPM/Port of ARC File Archiver.

There is one other file type using
the ARK file extension!

empty icon.ark - OpenBook document

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Software that open ark file

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ARK file extension - ARC File Archiver CPM/Port archive

What is ark file? How to open ark files?

File type specification:

Archive and compressed file type icon Archive and compressed file type

File extension ark is related to ARC, a lossless data compression and archival format by System Enhancement Associates (SEA). It was very popular during the early days of networked BBS.

The file format and the program were both called ARC.

The ARC program essentially made obsolete the use of combinations of the SQ program to compress files and the LU program to create .LBR archives by combining the functions of both compression and archiving into a single program.

ARC compresses multiple files into one - but unlike ZIP, not entire directory trees. The arc format was the subject of quite a bit of controversy in the 1980s - an important event in the open source debate.

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The default software associated to open ark file:

FreeArc icon

FreeArc  Microsoft Windows software

Company or developer:
Bulat Ziganshin

FreeArc is a multi-platform archiving application with GUI as well as with console commands. Main advantage of FreeArc is fast but efficient compression and rich set of features.

Help how to open:

Use FreeArc to open and decompress .ark files.

How to convert:

There is no way how to transfrom .ark files to other formats.

Find conversions from ark file:

ark to arc

ark to wrc

Find converter to ark file type:

arc to ark

List of software applications associated to the .ark file extension

Recommended software programs are sorted by OS platform (Windows, macOS, Linux, iOS, Android etc.)
and possible program actions that can be done with the file: like open ark file, edit ark file, convert ark file, view ark file, play ark file etc. (if exist software for corresponding action in's database).

Click on the tab below to simply browse between the application actions, to quickly get a list of recommended software, which is able to perform the specified software action, such as opening, editing or converting ark files.

Software that open ark file - ARC File Archiver CPM/Port archive

Programs supporting the exension ark on the main platforms Windows, Mac, Linux or mobile. Click on the link to get more information about listed programs for open ark file action.

Microsoft Windows:

Main software associated with ark file by default:
FreeArc small icon FreeArc
Other suggested software:
PowerDesk Pro

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